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Fred Zinkie

Bucs stack could best D-backs

Bucs stack could best D-backs

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The players listed below could provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Monday.

Brian McCann (Yankees): With 20 homers and 69 RBIs across 334 at-bats, the catcher has been among the most productive players at his premium position this season. McCann could drive in multiple runs when he brings his lifetime .828 OPS against right-handers (.754 vs. lefties) into a matchup with Twins righty Kyle Gibson (4.10 FIP, 1.31 WHIP in 2015).

Alex Rodriguez (Yankees): The slugger will be poised to improve on his lofty lifetime .301/.381/.557 slash line against right-handers when he meets up with Gibson (career 4.48 ERA, 1.37 WHIP) at hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium. Rodriguez -- who has compiled 24 homers and 63 RBIs across 386 at-bats this season -- could also excel late in the game against a Twins bullpen that is tied for 22nd in baseball with a 4.12 ERA.

Pedro Alvarez (Pirates): Having accumulated 106 of his 121 career homers against right-handers, Alvarez will be in position to display his power when he faces D-backs righty Jeremy Hellickson (4.91 ERA since the outset of 2013).

Gregory Polanco (Pirates): The outfielder owns notable career splits, with a .740 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .546 mark vs. lefties. From a likely perch atop the lineup, Polanco could maximize his chances to produce against Hellickson (4.73 ERA, 1.35 WHIP in 2015).

Neil Walker (Pirates): The second baseman has long fared best vs. right-handers, against whom he has produced an .800 OPS (.661 vs. lefties). Walker could be part of a Pirates stack -- along with Alvarez and Polanco -- against the inconsistent Hellickson.

Mike Trout (Angels): Hitting .301 with 33 homers across 419 at-bats this season, the outfielder has continually been a difference-maker in DraftKings contests. Trout will be in position to improve on his lofty lifetime .285/.391/.524 slash line against left-handers when he faces White Sox rookie southpaw Carlos Rodon (4.61 ERA, 1.60 WHIP).

Albert Pujols (Angels): In his career, Pujols has handled left-handers to the tune of a .317/.407/.603 slash line. The first baseman -- who has hit 31 homers across 435 at-bats this season -- could excel when he faces the inexperienced Rodon. Also of note: Pujols and his teammates will attempt to put balls into play against a White Sox squad that ranks 29th in baseball with a .670 defensive efficiency ratio.

Ryan Braun (Brewers): With a lifetime .334/.402/.628 slash line against left-handers, the outfielder has proven to wield a potent bat in those matchups. Braun could post a difference-making total in DraftKings contests when he bats at his hitter-friendly home park against Marlins southpaw Justin Nicolino, who has posted a 4.86 ERA across 16 2/3 career innings.

Brian Dozier (Twins): With 25 homers across 448 at-bats, the second baseman has been the most powerful player at his premium position this season. Dozier could rip a round-tripper when he brings his lifetime .858 OPS against left-handers (.693 vs. righties) into a matchup with southpaw CC Sabathia at homer-happy Yankee Stadium. Since the outset of the 2013 season, Sabathia has surrendered 62 homers across 62 starts.

Miguel Sano (Twins): With seven homers across 122 at-bats since reaching the Majors on July 2, the imposing third baseman has been a cost-effective option in several recent DraftKings contests. Sano will be primed to put a ball into the outfield seats or drive in multiple runs when he faces Sabathia (5.23 ERA, 1.43 WHIP in 2015).

Trevor Plouffe (Twins): The third baseman will have the opportunity to improve on his lifetime .815 OPS against left-handers (.695 vs. righties) when he faces Sabathia (4.99 ERA since the outset of 2013) at Yankee Stadium. Plouffe could be part of a Twins stack -- with Dozier, Sano and outfielder Torii Hunter -- against Sabathia.

Gerrit Cole (Pirates): With a season-to-date 14-6 record, a 2.48 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP, the right-hander has established himself as a viable No. 1 starter in DraftKings contests. Cole could combine an effective outing with a win when he works at his pitcher-friendly home park in a seemingly advantageous matchup with the D-backs and Hellickson.

Matt Garza (Brewers): DraftKings participants may be wise to look past Garza's season-to-date 4.82 ERA and note that he owns a 2.56 mark across his past five starts as well as a respectable 3.90 career mark. The right-hander could compile quality frames when he faces a Marlins lineup that ranks last in baseball with a .654 OPS against righties.

Andrew Heaney (Angels): With a 2.53 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP across nine starts since being recalled on June 24, the left-hander has been a cost-effective starter in several recent DraftKings contests. Heaney may continue to hold the opposition in check when he works at his pitcher-friendly home park against a White Sox lineup that sits 29th in baseball in OPS vs. lefties (.630) and runs scored (430).

Colin Rea (Padres): The right-hander -- who posted a 1.95 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP in the Minors this season -- could fare well in his second Major League start when he works at his pitcher-friendly home park against the Braves. Atlanta ranks 25th in the Majors with a .687 OPS against righties and last with 72 homers.

All statistics are accurate through the completion of Saturday's games.

Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.